KVIFF Eastern Promises

We strive to help discover promising talent from the regions of Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East, revealing it to over 1,300 distributors, sales agents, producers and festival programmers who attend the festival each year. Both European and non-European local distributors and major international sales reps rely on Karlovy Vary when searching for new movies. International sales companies introduce their films to both distributors and journalists from around the world. Our industry days program comprises a number of workshops, panels, and presentations and film professionals are invited to a number of accompanying social events. Our primary focus on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East makes it possible for key European and American industry players to discover fresh new projects in various stages of development and production.

KVIFF Eastern Promises

The festival curates projects in-the-making which at the time of their presentation seek partners for production or post-production, international sales or festival premieres. All film projects span the region of Central, Eastern and post-soviet Europe, with the new addition of the territories of the Middle East. Filmmakers and producers pitch scripts in development, films in production or post-production as well as documentary projects – all selected from a wide array of highly competitive submissions.

In 2023, the following programmes are running as part of Industry Days:

Works in Progress

A selection of 12 feature and documentary films from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa (recently completed or in post-production) whose premieres are expected after the festival. The most promising project selected by the international jury is awarded a package of 90,000 EUR in post-production services and two cash prizes of 5,000 EUR each. These projects are often selected for upcoming festivals like Sundance, Toronto, Venice, Rotterdam or Berlinale.

Works in Development – Feature Launch

A public industry presentation of 9 selected projects that have been developed within the MIDPOINT Feature Launch program, a training and networking platform for emerging talents from Central and Eastern Europe aimed at scouting the most talented filmmakers and producers of the future. It focuses on creative teams who are developing their first or second feature film. All projects are in the development stage and are looking for further co-production partners, potential markets and sales opportunities. The best pitch is awarded a 10,000 EUR cash prize.

First Cut+ Works in Progress

First Cut+ is a program created for boosting the competitiveness and marketability of feature films that previously participated in First Cut Lab. The program consists in the promotion of a portfolio of 8 feature films at the stage of post-production. The range of films is large: from both debut and experienced directors, small and larger budgets. Participating projects receive online consultations on marketing & promotion for a month that are followed by the Works-in-progress session in Karlovy Vary.

First Cut Lab

First Cut Lab Karlovy Vary is a program designed for up to 3 long feature fiction films in editing phase. Selected producer/director teams screen their full rough cut in a private session and receive expert feedback on their edit from three top international film professionals (creative producers, festival programmers, sales agents, etc.) as well as tailor-made advice from a consultant editor. The main goal is to foster the artistic potential of the selected rough cuts and, at the same time, to increase the sales, festival and circulation potential of the completed films.


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